*** Be sure to carefully review the information about what is open BEFORE proceeding to obtain a backcountry permit. A.T. Thru-hiker permits will not be issued during this phase. For more information about what is open, please visit nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/conditions.htm. Due to a number of recent storms, visitors can expect to encounter blowdowns and potential blockages along the trail system. For trip planning assistance or other backcountry questions, contact the Backcountry Office at 865-497-1927 (8 am to 5 pm EST, daily). ***
To ensure your backcountry trip is safe and enjoyable, please take a few moments to read each of the sections below. If you have questions, please call the Backcountry Information Office at (865) 436-1297. Phone calls are the preferred method of contact for backcountry trip planning questions. The Backcountry Information Office is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
• Hiker Shuttle Information -There are a number of hiker shuttle services in communities surrounding the national park. Information for most of these businesses may be found on the internet. Because this information changes often, the park does not maintain or publish a current listing of these businesses.
Last updated: May 22, 2020